Climate change and the pursuit of sustainable futures: are we using the best strategies and approaches (and what are they? Do we know?)

This is a huge topic, and one that I plan to return to often on this blog. This post has been prompted by my recent reading of the book The Dynamics of Sustainable Innovation Journeys (Geels et al., 2011) and attendance at the 2013 Sustainable Living Festival. The editors of this book describe three strategies which …

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Reflections: the macro in the micro

Whilst this certainly isn’t an original insight today I’ve been pondering the ‘macro’ in the ‘micro’. For example, broader worldviews shaping views of events or particular issues. Or ideological commitments shaping policy preferences. This is a huge aspect of many environmental issues and advocacy, and I’ve been pondering how this related to, and shapes, my …

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Re-reading Slaughter and de Jouvenel

The last few days I’ve been re-reading some classic and important recent futures texts. In particular, aspects of Bertrand de Jouvenel’s The Art of Conjecture (TAC) and Richard Slaughter’s Futures Beyond Dystopia (FBD) stand out. de Jouvenel: change and foreseeability (a rationale for foresight work) de Jouvenel’s TAC makes the case that investments in foresight …

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On sustainability interventions

The central focus of my thinking is shifting from futures work to sustainability interventions. What seems to matter is the efficacy of different tools and forms of future-orientation in sustainability interventions. This slight shift in focus is leading me to further consider: The field of ‘sustainability transitions’, which has a strong focus on guiding, shared …

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Biosecurity and sustainability interventions: similarities and cross-learnings?

It’s been really exciting and interesting to discover the scholarship examining the emerging field of “biosecurity interventions”. My PhD has given me the time and space to dive in and explore some new material, such as by anthropologist Andrew Lakoff. Lakoff has been examining what he terms ‘anticipatory interventions’ in biological threats and the use …

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